Nine Changes to Architectural Control Standards That You Need to Know

By Treena Parish

Architectural & Environmental Control Manager

In July, the POA Board approved the most recent update to the Architectural Control Standards that every Property Owner should be aware of. Below are the key changes, in no particular order, that you need to know.

Driveways may only be asphalt or black concrete or approved pavers and must be the same material throughout the whole driveway. Asphalt millings are not allowed.
Reflectors may be used at an entryway of the driveway. However, driveways can have a maximum of one on each side of the driveway entrance. The only approved color is red.
Accessory buildings are permitted only with AECD approval, including, but not limited to, the following conditions:
They must be built of the same materials as the house and painted the same color.
They must not overcrowd the lot.
They must be a single story unless connected to the house per the Covenants and Restrictions. Also, they may not contain kitchen facilities.

Butterfly houses/baths have the same restrictions as bird houses/baths.
Hanging baskets and flower boxes affixed to the home are no longer included in the maximum number of accessories.
There may be no holiday lighting that delineates fences, handrails, decks, eaves, posts, columns, beams, windows, doors, or driveways except the front entry door. Holiday garlands with lights are permissible on the front-entry door only.
Yard tools must be stored so that they are not visible from the street or to adjacent neighbors.
Any object added to the address post counts as a decorative accessory and shall not exceed 6 inches x 12 inches x 4 inches and must be appropriate to the natural environment of Big Canoe.
The area allowed to be enclosed with deer fencing has been increased to 45% of the lot.

As you can see, most of these rules are already followed. However, we need to make sure our updated Architectural Standards reflected our community standards.

If you have any questions, please give me a call at 706-268-3394 or shoot me an email at